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Second generation of Working-Class Districts Rehabilitation Programme: framework agreement signed

Published the:  04/07/2019

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(TAP) - A framework agreement to carry out the second generation of the Working-Class Districts Rehabilitation and Integration Programme was signed Thursday by the Ministry of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning and the one of Local Affairs and Environment as well as the Rehabilitation and Urban Renovation Agency (French: ARRU) in the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

This programme, directed towards 146 neighbourhoods throughout the country and around 780,000 inhabitants, will run till 2024. It is centred around connection to public networks of water supply over an area of 145 km in addition to 243 km of sanitation networks and 116 km of storm water drainage network.

Likewise, the programme provides for developing 1,245 km of roads, building 50 sports or cultural facilities and developing 16 industrial spaces and housing plots in target regions to fight against uncontrolled building. 14, 516 houses will also be rehabilitated and more than 28,000 public lights points will be put in place.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at 635 million dinars (MD), 21% of which will be financed by the Tunisian State and 13% by the European Union in the form of a donation. The rest will be financed through two loans made by the French Development Agency (33%) and the European Investment Bank (33%).

Municipalities are tasked with maintenance and the follow-up of projects carried out under the first and second generations of the programme.

The Prime Minister said the programme falls in line with the government's vision as regards the social role of the State which seeks to improve the living conditions of citizens in these districts.

Minister of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning Noureddine Selmi said the second edition of the programme will help foster the effective socio-economic and cultural integration of inhabitants.

Minister of Local Affairs and Environment Mokhtar Hammami called on elected municipal councils to develop effective patterns of urban land use and emphasised the need to focus on the preventive aspect to stop the anarchic growth of urban areas.

The first generation of the programme (2012-2021) targeted 155 neighbourhoods, 172,480 houses and 864, 500 inhabitants.